Blame the Democrats Not the ‘Country’ for Baltimore

Article posted on May 8th, 2015 by WhatAmIMissingHere

Baltimore riotsBy Jack Kelly

“I think we, as a country, have to do some soul searching” about the rioting in Baltimore, President Barack Obama said last Tuesday.

Bunk. “We, as a country” are not to blame.

First and foremost, blame resides with the thugs who looted stores, burned buildings and automobiles, and assaulted police officers and shopkeepers.

Next in order of culpability are the politicians whose belated and timid response allowed the thugs to run amok. The conduct of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has been especially appalling.

If police are responsible — six officers have been charged — it isn’t likely racism was a motive. Baltimore’s police chief is black. So are 48 percent of Baltimore police officers.

Those who make excuses for the rioters — and for the public officials who failed in their duty to protect their victims — also deserve a substantial share of blame. By apologizing for calling the thugs “thugs,” Ms. Rawlings-Blake demonstrated anew her unfitness for office.

“The system” failed the poor blacks of west Baltimore, said many of the talking (and mostly empty) heads on cable TV. There’s some truth to that. Crime and unemployment are sky high. Schools are awful. Social service agency chieftains do more to promote their own welfare than that of the community.

Ms. Rawlings-Blake is a Democrat. So are all 15 members of the city council. Baltimore hasn’t had a Republican mayor since Theodore McKeldin left office in 1967. Maryland has had just two Republican governors since 1969. Democrats have controlled both houses of the legislature since 1992. “The system” that has failed poor blacks in Baltimore was designed and administered by Democrats.

Blacks in Baltimore aren’t oppressed by The Man. In Baltimore, politically connected left-wing Democratic blacks are The Man.

Failed liberal policies have “mired black people in generational poverty, kept their kids in failing schools, chronically unemployed, they can’t find meaningful work, having to live in crime-infested neighborhoods,” said Milwaukee County (Wisconsin) Sheriff David Clarke, a Democrat who is black.

To change things, all three pointed out, blacks must stop voting for the politicians and policies which have failed them. 

READ all of Jack Kelly’s comments from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette here.

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